The general counsel is responsible for leading strategic and tactical legal initiatives for the university. This position provides senior management with effective advice on company strategies and their implementation, manages legal functionality and obtains and oversees the work of outside counsel. The general counsel is directly involved in complex business transactions, including the negotiation of critical contracts.
Maintains responsibility for review of contracts, student issues, employee issues, injury claims, collections, litigation, subpoenas, compliance, corporate filings, education law, real estate law, trademarks and general policy review
Manages all legal issues affecting the university
Advises on legal aspects of the company’s finances, including assessing and advising on current and future business structures and legal entities
Leadership and Strategic Thinking
Manages the university’s legal function and obtains and oversees the work of outside counsel
Leads complex business transactions in negotiating critical contracts
Human Resources Management
Selects new personnel and provides training for newly recruited team members
Serves as a coach and mentor for other positions within the organization
Administrative and Operational Duties
Judges the merit of major court cases filed against or on behalf of the university
Assumes ultimate responsibility for ensuring that the company conducts its business in compliance with applicable Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) et al. laws and regulations
Communication and Collaboration
Collaborates with executive cabinet members to define strategic defense and approves settlement of disputes where warranted
Supports the mission of the university and serves as an ambassador of the Q2 culture of service excellence
Required Qualifications – An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered (additional requirements may be designated by position).
Juris Doctor degree required
Minimum of ten years of broad legal experience including knowledge of higher education law required
Lindenwood University, often referred to as Lindenwood or LU, is a private, coeducational, liberal arts university located in St. Charles, Missouri. Founded in 1827 by George Sibley and Mary Easton Sibley, it is the second oldest higher-education institution west of the Mississippi River and since 1990 the fastest growing university in the Midwest. The University offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 16,000 students a year through values-centered programs that lead to development of the whole person. Lindenwood is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.